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15 Inspiring Kitchen Transformations


I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as witnessing a real, good kitchen renovation. Whether it’s on a cheesy daytime home and garden show or an in-person tour at a friend’s house, a brand-spankin’-new kitchen has the ability to give me chills and send my heart beating in envy. Self-closing drawers, you say? Ohhhh. Custom cabinetry? Shut up right now. Marble countertops? Let me just run my hands across them—that’s not creepy, right? If a fancy-shmancy new kitchen does it for you like it does for me, you’re quite in luck! Today, we’ve hand-picked 15 of some of our favorite, most awe-inspiring kitchen transformations from our Before & After archives—all for your viewing pleasure! May they excite you, thrill you and inspire your own kitchen renovation projects! —Max


1. A “Cookie Cutter” Kitchen Becomes Anything But.


2. After being destroyed by flooding, this kitchen gets the “silver linings” treatment.


3. This kitschy fifties kitchen gets a much-needed modern look.


4. This stuffy kitchen gets ligthened-up and aired out.


5. A Hudson Valley Kitchen gets a rustic new look.


6. A run-of-the-mill kitchen gets a cozy, industrial makeover.


7. A standard, wood-clad kitchen gets a chic modern upgrade.


8. A cramped kitchen opens up and lets nature in!


9. A townhouse in Queens gets a stylish kitchen remodel.


10. A Victorian home’s kitchen gets a sophisticated, open new look.


11. This Minneapolis kitchen gets a fresh, timeless transformation.


12. A teeny-tiny London kitchen gets a makeover that is big on style!


13. This humdrum old kitchen gets a charming facelift.


14. This Seattle kitchen is opened up, brightened, and given a mega-dose of style!


15. A family’s kitchen is totally transformed with a few simple steps!

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Sarah D. Brown

Thanks Max for including our reno in your list. I love the formatting of the post so that you can see the before and after in the same frame!


I still can’t get over that first re-do! It might mainly be because I love that bright pop of pink for the place-mats!


What Daniel and you did in your Kingston house may not be brand-spanking new (no self-closing drawers and all), but it’s enormous bang for the buck in both style and function. Serious sweat equity and vision, and that facelift deserves all the online attention it’s online.


Every one of the makeovers look absolutely amazing. I really like the Queens townhouse remodel and the use of wider planks for the flooring. Is that a marble or granite island?

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